Where are you from Alexandria? Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m from California, born and raised, however I have traveled a bit in my life. Most of my family resides back East ( NYC, Miami ect) but I’m a Cali girl . I do love the bright lights and the big city of New York though, and hope to one-day move there permanently. I started out as a chef, and held onto that career for 15-years. However, I knew it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Although I love “cheffin” as we call it, writing has always been my first love. When I was a kid if ever mi Amá was searching for me all she had to do was check the closet, or under the bed; and there I was reading a book. Not to mention I developed bursitis in my right shoulder. I have a master’s in English Literature/Art History; with a Minor in Mythology and History. I am a Professor of English Literature & Art History.
I have five amazing children; Matthew 26 St John’s University, Blazhia 24 Columbia, Soleil 21 Poly University, Micah 17 and Sora 11; so I spend most of my time with Micah and Sora when I’m not writing. I’ve always loved vampires, werewolves, witches, and the things that go bump in the night; and it just rocks my boat to be able to write about them.
What made me want to be an author is the fact that I love Paranormal, Contemporary, and Historical Romance, but I didn’t see myself reflected in the works that I read. If I did, it was a side character, a supporting character, or a villain; so I thought I’d write my own. Being multi-racial (Puerto Rican, Cuban, Native American, Irish and African-American) I wanted to see a character like me, and the fact that this is rare spurred me on. There is a rich heritage, which comes from our Puerto Rican- Afro-Cuban roots, and just like our African ancestors, I wanted to immerse the reader in the Latin feel. Unfortunately, authors like me (Interracial Romance, or what is more commonly known as IR authors) tend to get pigeon holed into one specific genre like Minority literature, Latina, African-American, or Ethnic, who hardly ever move out of that; and I think this is completely unfair.
I hoped by writing what I believe the Paranormal, Historical and Contemporary Romance genres should encompass, people would see the book for the story and negate the race of the character; that being, anyone could place themselves in the shoes of the character, not just someone of a minority background.
I write in three different genres, and this can sometimes be hard. You have to remember where you are when you write so to speak, lol, because I don’t want a vamp rearing its head in a Historical romance set in the Deep South in 1808 lol. But then again, that could be a very interesting read lol. I may just have to do that.
So, the series Alexandria, what’s it all about?
Alie’s fine lol, Val, and I actually write two now. The Teaching Between Midnight & Dawn, the first book being Arieanna’s Legend; and A Lite Farie Tale, Midna’s Farie Tale being the first book in this series. I actually have 11 books published to that particular series now.
IR Paranormal T.B.M.D:
Book 2: T.M.T.N; Kissing Cousins
Book 3: T.C.B.M; the Arvantes
Book 4: Dark Premonitions; the Seeker
Book 5: A Kiss Between Midnight & Dawn; Sephoroth’s Return
Book 6: The Gargoyle Keeper; Best Mates Forever
Book 7: Red Ryzin; Okuzo
Book 8: Blackwind’s Song; Love at First Sight
Book 9: Cycles of Change; Jade Council
Book 10: Loose Connections; Making Choices
Book 11: Carousel; Legacy
I loved writing this series. My love for mythology sparked it, and each book gets darker, and more sinister. I could say that I see myself in some of the characters, and I thought why not make a book where regular everyday teachers fight against the things that go bump in the night. I mean, you always read about the detective, ex-cop or private detective, but never the regular person minding his or her own business lol.
Therefore, I thought it would be fun to throw a bunch of teachers and professors in the mix. The first book is a bit tamed though; it was a sort of getting my feet wet so to speak lol. Each book in the series gets just a bit more sensual as well, and the erotic element is played up even more; especially books 9 & 11.
Why did you write it?
Well, like I said earlier I wanted a different feel to what I was reading out there, and felt like if I couldn’t get it out there, then I would just have to write it myself. There are very few Latina Paranormal authors, just like African- American, so I want to champion us both.
What’s your favorite character?
Hummm, that would be Arieanna. I could say that I see myself in the character of Arieanna, because she’s so like me in many ways. She holds my heart, because she was the first character concept I came up with. I wanted to show that love has no genre, race, creed or species lol. I believe the book is both sexy and romantic, because you can feel the intensity between Auron and Arieanna. The love is expressed, because Auron will do whatever he has to do to protect Arieanna, and vise versa. As for my bad boys, that would be Sephoroth. I just love him through and through. He’s a vamp with special powers (can’t give them away, you have to read it lol), and the things he does with them, why its just down right beyond naughty.
How is that character in line with you as a person?
I’d say a fricken lot lol. Arieanna does things that I do, thinks the way I think sometimes, and one of my colleagues swears it’s me lol. The character’s name is Arie for short, mine is Alie lol. She has green-grey eyes, I have grey eyes. I get endless rips from my friends on it. However, I also get that little knowin smile time and again from some of my male colleagues who’ve read the book. This can be a bit uncomfortable sometimes, because of what I write lol.
What do you want your readers to take from your writing?
I write IR Historical, Contemporary and Paranormal so it would be; Love is Love, as the marvelously talented Boy George once said; and I believe he is completely and totally on point. I feel like whether you’re a Caucasian guy who has a thang for Sustahs, a Japanese guy who has love for Latinas, a Mexican guy who just can’t get enough of Arab women, or an African- American guy who just loves him some Caucasian women.
Who cares, as long as “you do you” and you feel comfortable in your own skin. My mantra Val: True love sees no color lines, is pure in its truest form; and is only tainted when narrow-minded haters infiltrate it and make it something it is not.
My ideal of love, includes er’ body!
A Gorgeous Hot Yummy is just that, no matter his Race, Creed, or Sexual Orientation.
Tell me about your antagonist?
That would be the Councils.
This is where you have the progenitors, the heads of each house, true vamps, weres, witches ect. There are six sitting Councils. Flameni, Amber, Pallid, Jade, Delineate, Exodus. Each one more ruthless then the last. Arieanna and her three cousins are human, imbued with the Egyptian Goddesses’ Asť’s and the Egyptian God Osiris’ power (Asť better known in the Western world as Isis), which is a pure source, and it came straight from the Gods themselves. The Council is out to kill Arieanna, her cousins, and anyone else in lined with Greyten Hall, Shallow, Crypt, or any of the twelve houses. Their aim is to take that power from her, and use it to their benefit. The only problem is, they weren’t ready for the massive amount of power Arieanna does have, and the fact that it continues to manifest; so they have no actual clue what actual level she is truly on.
Where can we find you?
My websites: The Teaching Between Midnight & Dawn Series. www.poisonedpin.webs.com
A Lite Farie Tale Series: www.farietalewish.webs.com
A Different Side of Historical Romance: www.alieinfante.webs.com
Contemporary Love with some Flava: www.contemporarylove.webs.com
You can find chapter samples, book updates, and just all around info on each of my series and genres @ any of the websites.
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100897574868961031281
Book Blogs: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/AlexandriaInfante
Amazon: Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alexandria-Infant%C3%A9/e/B007VDEKIC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1369765846&sr=1-2-ent
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/aliekatt1
Buy links: http://www.amazon.com/T-B-M-D-Arieannas-Teaching-Midnight-ebook/dp/B0091XRN3Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369766172&sr=1-2
What’s next for you?
Well, I’m working on book 12 now in the TBMD series, and book 4 in the Fae series. All together, I’ve written 21 so far. I have a new Historical Romance coining out in mid-Aug. Book 12 Hidden Shows will be out in mid- July, and the next installment to Grave Reviews, my newest Contemporary will be out in mid-June.
Thanks a bunch for having me Vallory, you’re always awesome!! J
Other Titles by Alexandria Infante
A Lite Farie Tale Series: IR Paranormal Fae
Midna’s Farie Tale
To Teach is Divine; Halleren’s Prophecy
Precede with Caution; Bekan’s Quest
Historical IR Romance:
A Lad’s Trouser’s
A Slow Time to Love
Fire & Ice
Contemporary IR Romance:
Book Blurb: T.B.M.D; Arieanna’s Legend
Teaching Between Midnight & Dawn series
(Interracial Paranormal Romance; Multiracial Woman, White Man)
Arieanna was pretty much happy with her life. Her students loved her, she loved teaching; life was simple and uncomplicated.
That’s until she met Auron.
Sent by an exclusive underground sect, Auron’s there to protect the descendant of Asť at all cost. His number one purpose is to keep the supposed volume of Asťs magick from entering the hands of the wrong people, in spite of the fact it might cause his death. Exiled nearly two centuries ago from his Företag for insubordination and murder, Auron knows if Jimmy Mann gets his hands on that book all hell will break loose.
Centuries of war will spill onto a human battleground, the causalities catastrophic.
The governing Council will do whatever it deems necessary to keep that from happening; even if it means taking out the descendant, Lycans, Warlocks, Witches, Shape-shifters and Vampires.
The hieroglyphs state she holds the key to the location of Asťs legendary book of magick; the only problem is, Arieanna doesn’t know it yet!
With the book comes massive power, and only Auron can help her control it, in order to keep her from wiping out paranormals and humans alike.